The Gondobay Manga Foundation is dedicated to honoring and serving the people of Sierra Leone, as the Mende people honored Isaiah when they inducted him as Chief Gondobay Manga. On Sunday, May 28, 2006, villagers from all over the Ngalu Bagbwe Chiefdom gathered to witness the tribal induction of their new American brother, Isaiah Washington. The name chosen for Isaiah belonged to a legendary and revered warrior, and had not been bestowed upon a Mende for hundreds of years. The ceremony inducting Isaiah as the newest incarnation of this great spirit inspired the hundreds gathered. And it inspired Isaiah Washington to dedicate himself and this foundation to fight for the Mende people just as the original Gondobay Manga did so many years before.

 

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